A growing field of scholars are working on fragmentation. Here you’ll find a few that are part of our community.

Philipp PattbergPhilipp Pattberg is Professor of Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy at VU University Amsterdam. He currently serves as the deputy department head of the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). He specializes in global environmental governance, with a focus on climate change, forestry and biodiversity. Dr Pattberg’s current research scrutinizes institutional complexity and fragmentation across environmental domains. Philipp is co-chairing the Board of the Global Environmental Change Section of the German Political Science Association (http://www.ak-umwelt.de/) and a senior research fellow of the international Earth System Governance Project http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/). Within the Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE), Philipp co-coordinates the research cluster on global environmental governance and politics. He has published more than 120 scholarly articles, book chapters and reports. His work has appeared, among others, in Annual Review of Environment and Resources; European Journal of International Relations; Global Environmental Politics; Governance; and Science. Philipp is the editor (with Agni Kalfagianni) of the Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance series. His latest book (co-edited with Fariborz Zelli) is the Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics (Edward Elgar).

Oscar Widerberg is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Change (AGCI). Prior to IVM, Oscar worked as an energy and environment consultant for Ecorys, an economic research consultancy, and Triple E Consulting, carrying out assignments for the European Commission, the World Bank, NGOs, and the European Parliament. Before entering academia and consultancy, he pursued  traineeships in the field of environment, climate change and energy, at the European Commission’s delegation to the UN in New York; the UN’s Dept. for Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development at the UN headquarters in New York; and in the energy efficiency team at the European Climate Foundation in the Hague. Oscar holds a 2-year Prestige Research Master of Science in Environmental Science (Policy and Management track) from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Social Science in International Relations from Malmö University in Sweden. His Master thesis was nominated for the Rachel Carson environmental thesis prize of the Dutch organization for environmental professionals.

Marija Isalovic

Marija Isailovic is a PhD researcher at the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije University in Amsterdam. Before enrolling as a PhD candidate at IVM, Marija graduated MSc at the interdisciplinary Master programme in International Development and Management at Lund University, Sweden, and BA in English language and Literature at Belgrade University, Serbia. In addition, she has a broad experience in conducting research on various sustainability issues in the context of the south and south-east Asia and Small Island Developing States in the Pacific’s.

Together with Oscar Widerberg and under the supervision of Philipp Pattberg, Marija will be working on the research project “Coping with Fragmentation: Assessing and Reforming the current Architecture of Global Environmental Governance” in the next four years at IVM. Based on different methodological treatments, they will develop an integrated analytical framework for measuring the degree of fragmentation in the issue areas of climate change, biodiversity and marine ecosystem governance, examine its causes and consequences across different levels and scales of governance, and finally propose some response options.

Lisa Sanderink joins the CONNECT group working on the adjacent CLIMenGO project. Together with Stockholm University, Lund University and SEI-Oxford we will delve into the challenges and opportunities in a fragmented global energy and climate governance. The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency’s research program for Strategic energy system research within the profile area International climate politics. The aim is to map the institutional complexity of global climate and energy governance, evaluate its effectiveness and legitimacy, and to develop a knowledge base for decision-makers. Lisa did the Master Environment and Resource Management at the VU in 2015, and wrote a thesis on discursive fragmentation in global climate change governance. Before that she studied European Studies and a premaster International and European Law at the University of Amsterdam.

unnamedSergi Arnau is currently pursuing an internship with the CONNECT project at the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije University in Amsterdam. Sergi is an undergraduate student in Environmental Sciences student from the Faculty of Biology at the University of Barcelona (UB) and he decided to finish the mandatory practical part and the final degree project through an Erasmus Mundus in Amsterdam. His work in CONNECT is focused on the fragmentation in fisheries governance under the supervision of Philipp Pattberg. His final degree project will be officially presented in September 2017 in Barcelona.



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Fariborz Zelli is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden. He is also employed on the inter-disciplinary strategic research area BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate), hosted by Lund University’s Faculty of Science. Within BECC, he serves as board member and as leader of the research cluster on ‘Governance and Economics of Natural Resources’. He is also a board member of the graduate research school ClimBEco (‘Climate, Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a changing world’). He served as a Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute (2009-2011) where he directed 9-month project on deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Senior Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK. There, he coordinated the work package on post-2012 climate governance in the EU-funded ADAM Project (‚Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies: supporting European climate policy’). He has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). He is also a chair of the board of the Global Environmental Change Section of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) and research fellow of the Earth System Governance Project. Fariborz received the outstanding Ph.D. thesis award of the University of Tübingen and the award for outstanding teaching performance of the state of Baden-Württemberg. He has published widely on institutional fragmentation and interlinkages in, among others, Global Environmental Politics, Global Governance and WIREs’ Climate Change. Most recently, he has guest-edited a special issue of Global Environmental Politics on ‘The Institutional Fragmentation of Global Environmental Governance” (2013, together with Harro van Asselt).

HarroHarro van Asselt is a research fellow and NORD-STAR postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Visiting Researcher at and PhD candidate (exp. October 2013) with the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam and a Visiting Research Associate with the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford. Harro is the editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), and Associate Editor of the Carbon and Climate Law Review. He is co-editor of Climate Change Policy in the European Union (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and has guest edited special issues for Global Environmental Politics and International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics. He has published extensively on issues related to international climate change law and governance in edited books and journals, including Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Global Environmental Politics, Global Governance, Law & Policy and the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics.

JakobJakob Skovgaard is a lecturer  at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, undertaking research on EU and international climate change policy, and holds a doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence. From 2007 to 2010, he worked in the international climate change team at the Danish Finance Ministry. He is currently undertaking research in relation to the project “International Economic Institutions and Domestic Actors in the Climate Regime Complex – the Cases of Climate Financing and Fossil Fuel Subsidies”.  The research project aims at analysing how international economic regimes as the Group of 20 (G20) and domestic economic such as finance ministries have influenced the international climate politics. Previously, he worked at the Department on the project “Leadership Abandoned? – Explaining the EU’s Position in the Global Climate Change Negotiations 2007-2010”, which analysed factors influencing the EU’s willingness to commit to climate policies with potentially high costs, including reduction targets and commitments to provide financing to climate measures in developing countries. He has published articles in journals such as Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies and Environmental Politics.

CerenCeren Pekdemir works as a PhD researcher at the International Centre for Sustainable development and Integrated assessment (ICIS) at Maastricht University (MU). In her research on “Global Sustainable Change: Partnerships between Fragmentation and Cohesion” she analyses the role and dynamics of (multi-stakeholder) partnerships in global governance systems and its effects on transnational regulation. Next to this she is also teaches the course Governance for Sustainable Development with her supervisor Pieter Glasbergen. Prior to her research position she worked as a lecturer at University College Maastricht (UCM), teaching, among other courses, Strategy and Negotiation, and Philosophy of Science.

InaIna Möller is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at Lund University in Sweden. In her research on the institutional complexity of global climate governance, she is focusing on fragmentation in Climate Geoengineering and its epistemic community. Ina holds an MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz. She has worked as a research assistant for the Earth System Governance International Project Office and as an intern for the UNEP Policy and Partnership Office in Brussels. Some of her former research areas include the diffusion of (European) sustainability standards through international trade and differentiated integration in European Union environmental law.
 Eero Palmujoki, Senior Assistant in International Relations, University of Tampere

Florian Florian Rabitz is visiting professor at the Institute for International Relations of the University of São Paulo (IRI-USP) where he is teaching environmental policy. He holds a Phd in political science from the Free University of Brussels (VUB), where he was working within the project “governance through regulatory complexes: the international and European management of genetic resources”. His work focuses on regime formation and complexity in global environmental governance. At present, he is mainly looking into the causes of regime complexity and institutional fragmentation in the areas of genetic resources, climate change as well as chemicals and waste, drawing mainly on institutional economics and the theory of public goods. He has published articles in Third World Quarterly and the Journal of European Public Policy.

Federico Federico Esu is a PhD researcher in Public International Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), where he specializes in international energy and environmental law. Prior to joining Erasmus University, Federico held positions as a tutor and research assistant in International and European Law at the University of Cagliari (Italy), Chair of Prof. Francesco Seatzu. He also interned previously at the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh (2012), volunteered for some Italian and International NGOs (2013; 2014), worked as trainee and paralegal for an Italy-based law-firm (2011-14) as well as a part-time consultant for a company. Federico holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from University College London (UCL), as well as an LL.B. and an LL.M. from the University of Cagliari, having spent one term of his postgraduate studies at the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom). He has received scholarships for his studies from the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the European Union. He is admitted as an attorney in Italy.



FlaviaFlávia Guerra pursued an internship at the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam, funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme. Flávia holds a BSc degree in Environmental Biology from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon (FCUL), including a 5-months research period at the Institute of Environmental Sciences from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland). She has recently concluded her MSc degree in Ecology and Environmental Management at FCUL with a thesis based on ‘’A comparison between legal frameworks and Environmental Impact Assessments of different projects developed in the marine environment’’. Hoping to pursue her interests in International Relations, while enhancing environmental policy research skills, Flávia has joined the CONNECT project.

YasminYasmin Menke studies Environment and Resource Management Msc. (ERM) with a focus on energy studies at the VU University of Amsterdam. Previously, she has completed her B.A. in Socio-Economics, an interdisciplinary program at the University of Hamburg with a specialization in Economics. During her Bachelor studies she has spent an exchange year at the Linneus University in Växjö, where she gained knowledge in the Peace and Development field. Setting her focus on the interconnection of international relations and energy transition, she wrote her Master thesis about the fragmentation of global energy governance under the supervision of Philipp Pattberg at the IVM. She joined the CONNECT project during 2014.


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